servet yuksel: hidemax cycle
servet yuksel: hidemax cycle servet yuksel: hidemax cycle
jun 09, 2010

servet yuksel: hidemax cycle

image: servet yukselthe hidemax cycle by designer servet yuksel uses bent steel plates for its frame instead of the standard hallow tubes. this design choice gives this bike a very unique appearance with many features not possible on a tubular frame. for one, the frame appears to be a single continuous piece of metal with the exception of the curved rear suspension that is inline with the frame. the front handle bars are adjustable and the seat sits on the frame rather than than being on a post. yuksel carries the flat metal design over to the wheels with a minimal eight spoke design. all these features make for an unusual bike that plays with the preconceived notions of two-wheeled design.

— seoul cycle design competition 2010

currently, seoul design foundation together with designboom are hosting seoul cycle design competition 2010. once considered a ‘hard’ city, seoul is making strides toward becoming a ‘soft’ city by embracing design concepts that will redefine its urban environment with an emphasis on themes centering on green, blue, history and human. the seoul cycle design competition will be held under the theme, ‘cycling with design: seoul style,’ and is part of seoul’s city-wide effort at improving its design brand and image. the primary goal of the competition is to help build a design oriented city that focuses on its people. the competition is divided into three categories: cycle design, cycle fashion & accessories design, and cycling infrastructure. all three categories emphasize environment-friendly ideas, with the hope that the contest will contribute to establishing a healthier cycling culture.

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image: servet yuksel

image: servet yuksel

image: servet yuksel

image: servet yuksel

  • Like the idea of building the main frame from a single piece of stock, with only one joint. Integrating that joint with the rear is suspension smart. The simplification of the manufacturing process should bode well for construction from synthetic/artificial material stock. I could see this becoming the defacto frame design for the most inexpensive bicycles.

    Dan says:
  • This idea will not work. The steel plate would flex so much it would be like riding a noodle. Just a bad design.

    Nope says:
  • isn’t there a reason why tubes (steel, carbon, bamboo) are generally used in bike frames? as nope says this will probably flex horribly. if structured to be adequately stiff it will simply weigh a ton.

    nicey says:
  • sorry, but this frame is a mechanical nightmare. And a singlespeed bike without a rear derailleur can only work under smooth chain tension.

    wolf says:
  • C’mon guys, its a concept. Stop with that boring engineer talk or you stop being creative!

    NN says:
  • This seems like nothing more than a fancily rendered sketch.

    Dan says:
  • bravo! these ‘bent steel plates’ could be used as elastic elements as a whole suspension – front and rear. This construction should be expensive – there are enough cheap bikes… Mr Yuksel could touch me at [email protected] as a… follower.

    Mitko says:
  • Great idea. Easy to control the flex with subtle reinforcements. Or a different material — carbon fiber, say. I’d say its ultimate use and market await further development and testing of the design.

    Tom P says:
  • Poor appearance, poor design.

    Onur says:
  • any design that doesn’t work is not a creative design. said another way a design that does not work is a fantasy. and this bent flat plate bike concept is all it is, a fantasy.

    nelson d reyes architect says:
  • This gives me an idea – let’s make this out of paper!

    No idea about bikes, this one.

    Matty W says:
  • Interesting design exercise. However as a bike design, it fails in so many areas. Flex. Suspension wouldn’t function, brakes non existent (though with grips on the handlebar. Were it to be made of carbon fibre rather than pressed steel, cost would be prohibitive. Good for cartoons d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Considering im working on a vaguely similar design, id say his has merit. Go easy folks, these are ideas in motion. Lets see how and why and where this all ends up, you may be very surprised.

    charles says:
  • Oh well then, Charles. If YOU are working on it… You should have said something before all these folks got so critical!

    Nope says:
  • Soooo many nay-sayers! All I think when I see this is ‘that I’d love to take it for a spin.’ I can say then that the design has done its job; it has engaged me and gotten me interested in its purpose, which noone seems to care about much, that of taking the bike for a ride.
    Only by riding the bike could you make with any confidence comments about flex, suspension and the like. While on the subject of such matters, surely if it did flex it would not feel too much unlike riding a dual suspension MTB?
    All in all, a great conept, which with a few teaks as pointed out above, could turn into a great product.

    Damien Hipwell says:
  • “If it can’t be made or it doesn’t work, then it hasn’t been designed.” This could be made, but it wouldn’t work…

    Tom says:

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